Obama, saying it like it is

The full text of Mr. Obama’s inaugural address can be found here.  One paragraph that really grabbed me was this one:

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

Wow.  That is bold.  The big O ain’t mincing words and he obviously isn’t interested in being fucked with.  I respect that kind of honesty from a politician.

I don’t envy you in your coming labours, sir, but I wish you the best of luck.  Show America what it is like to be great again.

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3 Responses to Obama, saying it like it is

  1. Nancy says:

    I listened to the speech and was impressed. He certainly didn’t pull any punches. Got his digs in at the last administration, told Americans it’s time to grow up and smarten up, and managed to sound like a great leader.

    What I’m not handling well is the fawning American public, and I as a Canadian I can’t even feel superior about that because we’re all on the bandwagon with them. I don;t recall so big a fuss about an inauguration since JFK. Hopes are riding very high here and I hope we aren’t going to be horribly disappointed.

    The race thing is irrelevant to me, but historically speaking, race is anything but irrelevant to Americans. Wondering how this will play out. Wondering how long till an assassination attempt.

    Also, just google the word Obamabelia and see what crap you come up with. It’s ridiculous. And why do I feel that Oprah is just a heartbeat away from the White House?

  2. Marcy says:

    “..told Americans it’s time to grow up and smarten up..”

    I just hope they understand what that means. Less greed and more caring about the people around you is definitely something they could use down there. Some of the new reality shows have started; building houses for people in need etc… Building on that feeling is a positive thing.

    I like Obama; I’m not crazed like some people but it’s nice to hear someone tell it like it is for once! I wish him all the best. I’m still a proud Canadian but it’s refreshing to have someone in charge next door that sounds like he might actually have a clue what he’s doing.

  3. cobolhacker says:

    My concern is that they seem to be treating the man like a king. Two possibilities come to mind. The first, is that the incredible pressure of trying to live up to the expectations break the man mentally. Numerous Presidents have felt the pressure. Even George Washington was said to have been greatly relieved when his terms as President were over.

    The second is that he actually starts to believe the whole king thing, or worse, the American people start to believe it. The Founding Fathers were very adamant that the President be just citizen like everyone else.

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